Pregnancy Decision

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These are some questions which may assist you in making a decision about an unplanned pregnancy. 

Continuing the pregnancy and parenting:

  • How do I feel about this pregnancy?
  • How do I feel about continuing this pregnancy and parenting?
  • What are the pros of continuing and parenting?
  • What are the cons of continuing and parenting?
  • Where do I see my life in a year if I continue?
  • Where do I see my life in five years if I continue?
  • If I continue the pregnancy and parent, what will change in my life? (Consider goals, life plans, finances, career, education, housing, mental and emotional state, relationship with partner/ father of pregnancy, impact on existing children, relationship with family, relationships with friends etc.)

Adoption:

  • How do I feel about adoption?
  • What are the pros of adoption?
  • What are the cons of adoption?
  • How do I believe I will feel after the adoption is completed?
  • Do I know anyone who has put a child up for adoption?

Abortion:

  • How do I feel about abortion?
  • What are my ethical/religious beliefs about abortion?
  • How do these beliefs affect this decision?
  • What are the pros of abortion?
  • What are the cons of abortion?
  • Where do I see my life in a year if I have an abortion?
  • Where do I see my life in five years if I have an abortion?
  • Do I know anyone who has had an abortion?
  • How do I feel about that person having had an abortion?

General:

  • Am I making this decision feely?
  • Am I being pressured by anyone?
  • Who else’s feelings am I taking into account when I consider what to do?
  • Am I putting his/her/their feelings/desires in front of my own?
  • Do I know how my partner/the father of the pregnancy feels about this pregnancy?
  • What will my relationship with my partner be like if I continue the pregnancy? Adopt? Have an abortion?
  • Do I know how my family feels about this pregnancy?
  • What will my relationship with my family be like if I continue the pregnancy? Adopt? Have an abortion?
  • What do I want my life to be like in one year?...five years?...ten years?
  • How will what I decide about this pregnancy affect what I want for myself in the future?
  • If I had a choice, when and under what circumstances would I want to become a parent/have another child?
  • What would have to change or be different for me to feel clearer about making a decision about this pregnancy?

Where on this continuum do I feel I am in this decision in relation to parenting and termination?

Continuing pregnancy & parenting--------------------------------l----------------------------Terminating the pregnancy   

Where on this continuum do I feel I am in this decision in relation to parenting and adoption?

Continuing pregnancy & parenting--------------------------------------l-----------------------------------Adoption

If you continue to feel uncertain, confused, pressured, ambivalent, in conflict with a partner, need accurate unbiased information about your options, or just simply need someone to talk things through with then it may be helpful for you to see a counsellor.

SHFPACT offers a free pro –choice, non-directive, non–judgemental, and supportive unplanned pregnancy counselling service. To make an appointment please phone our SHFPACT clinic on 62473077.

 

 

 

 

 

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